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Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Review Pledges Strengthened Partnerships, Accountability, Funding[viewed]

Governments adopted the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, pledging to strengthen institutions and partnerships, enhance accountability, support regional cooperation and increase resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment across the Asia-Pacific region. The declaration was adopted at the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review, which is one in a series of regional reviews of the Beijing Platform for Action adopted in 1995.

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UNEG Chair Highlights Need for Evaluation in Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) Chair, Deborah Rugg, outlined the importance of evaluation in the post-2015 development agenda during a presentation at the 17th Network Meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC). Rugg described evaluation as a bridge that can connect monitoring and accountability at global, regional, national and local levels, and highlighted a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on national evaluation capacity development.

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PAGE Study Illustrates Senegal's Green Economy Potential[viewed]

Transitioning to a green economy in Senegal could help lift half a million people out of poverty, create 300,000 jobs and improve environmental outcomes, according to a Green Economy Scoping Study. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presented the report at an event to launch the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in Senegal, marking the country's admission into the PAGE initiative.

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First-ever Global Nutrition Report Identifies Accountability As Key Challenge[viewed]

“Relying on coordinated action across sectors—none of which makes nutrition its primary goal—allows policymakers to avoid responsibility” for achieving global malnutrition targets, according to the Global Nutrition Report (GNR), ‘Actions and Accountability to Accelerate the World's Progress on Nutrition.' The first-ever global report on nutrition, which is authored by an independent expert group, finds the world is off track in achieving global malnutrition targets, and calls for increased accountability and action to combat global malnutrition.

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GSDR 2015 Draft Outline Released[viewed]

A draft of the outline for the 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is now available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. The draft outline lists eight chapters, including a description of the aims of each chapter and key questions to be addressed.

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Governments Discuss Global Context for FfD, Public and Private Finance[viewed]

UN Member States have concluded a series of substantive informal sessions of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD). Governments considered 'The Global Context', in a one-day discussion on 10 November 2014, followed by a three-day discussion on 'Mobilization and effective use of resources,' which addressed domestic public finance, international public finance, and private finance, on 11-13 November.

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World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation[viewed]

World Toilet Day brought attention to the theme “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” and the issue of open defecation with the tagline #WeCantWait. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the “moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk to assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.”

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WHO, UN-Water Report Finds Investing US$1 in WASH Delivers US$4.3 Return[viewed]

Every dollar invested in water and sanitation returns US$4.3 and an estimated gain of 1.5% of global gross domestic product (GDP) through reduced health care costs, as well as providing benefits such as reduced pollution, greater workplace productivity, increased school attendance and greater dignity, privacy and safety, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water. Despite increasing momentum and financial commitments to increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the report finds serious gaps in funding continue to hinder progress.

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L20 Urges G20 to Address Climate Change, Green Growth, Inequalities[viewed]

The Labour 20 (L20) called on the Group of 20 (G20) to take action on climate change and green growth, and to implement a plan for jobs and growth that reduces inequality. The L20 unites trade unions from G20 countries and Global Unions, and seeks to represent workers' interests at the G20 level.

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IWMI Launches Book on Developing Water-Related SDGs[viewed]

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) released the book ‘On Target for People and Planet: Setting and Achieving Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),' which highlights that framing water-related SDGs in a water security context provides a more comprehensive framework than the human-needs approach of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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